rem koolhaas rethinks public spaces
Throughout history, designing how we inhabit physical space has been a primary defense against epidemics.
Rem Koolhaas, the Pritzker prize-winning Dutch architect, says redesigning public spaces has been a necessity for a long, long time. His habit of shaking up established conventions has made him one of the most influential architects of his generation.
The architect had been evolving the cultural landscape with his provocative perspective about the changes we needed way before anybody had even heard of social distancing.
“The problem is that in the last 20 or 30 years, cities have become gathering spaces for relatively affluent people and tourists,” he told Belinda Luscombe, from TIMES while posing in that timeless leather jacket. “There has been a kind of really drastic transformation to the point of cities that we didn’t really pay enough attention to.”
Rem does not only focus on how life's changing in the city, but has also turned the attention of his firm OMA away from "cliche" cities to non-urban areas. His recent exhibition at the Guggenheim, Countryside, aims to highlight advancements in rural areas through a series of case studies about society, anthropology, and politics.
It’s a little too early to fully understand the impact of these new concepts. Meanwhile, the architectural trade is showing its resilience in questioning post-COVID life in the city.
We talk more about interiors here.